The 2018 WA Honey Industry Research Update and Engagement Dinner hosted by ChemCentre recently highlighted the growing interest and opportunities ahead for the WA honey industry.
WA beekeepers, international honey distributors and science researchers gathered for the event to share their latest research findings and explore the possibilities for the future of the WA honey industry.
WA monofloral honeys are considered among the best in the world; with high anti-microbial and antioxidant properties to rival the famous manuka honey from New Zealand. There is high demand globally for bioactive honeys in the ‘medi-honey’ market.
ChemCentre, in partnership with the Bee Industry Council of WA (BICWA) is developing an internationally-recognised certification process for WA’s unique mono-floral honeys, to ensure the integrity, traceability and quality of Was mono-floral honeys from ‘hive to market’.
The research project is part of a wider research program funded by the State Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Federal Government through the Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products (CRCHBP), ChemCentreBICWA. This wider research is focused on the development of commercial WA monofloral honeys, ensuring a sustainable honey industry and maximising the potential for export markets.
The research update featured a large array of posters and presentations from a range of speakers which focused on honey certification, sales, supply chain control and more.
The group gathered to celebrate with further discussion on the future of the industry at an engagement dinner which showcased WA honeys in the menu.
The opening address from Chris Tallentire MLA, Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Minister for Science, Dave Kelly highlighted the focus of the State Government on the diversification of the WA economy and the potential for job creation and growth in the WA honey industry.
BICWA president Colin Fleay outlined just how far industry had progressed in recent times, while Dr Liz Barbour, CEO of the CRCHBP, discussed the potential for ‘honey – tourism’ to WA and congratulated the State Government on supporting new industry-based beekeeping traineeships to address industry needs by supporting business expansion.